Normalise Your MP3 Files So They All Play At The Same Volume


A few years ago I ripped my CD collection into MP3 format.  Along with songs I've also collected from other sources, I have thousands of tracks stored on my computer.  Trouble is, if I want to play a collection of songs I'm continually having to adjust the volume control, because some are much louder than others.

This isn't always a problem if I'm at home, but can be awkward if I'm in my office.  I need to keep the noise from the speakers low, so as not to disturb people in neighbouring rooms.

If your MP3 collection has a similar problem, try a program called MP3 Gain.  You can get it from and it runs under all recent versions of Windows (32- and 64-bit).  

The program is free, and VirusTotal assures me that it's clean too.




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Unfortunately MP3Gain uses APE tags. These can cause serious problems when added to the usual ID3 tags. They can prevent ID3 tag info being displayed in apps such as MP3Tag and can cause some players such as Sansa to lock up. The developer actually mentions this problem in the Help (FAQ) file. He gives possible solutions but none are really practicable.
You could possibly use only APE tags for all the track info but you need to make sure APE is supported by your player. ID3 is an almose universal standard.